SAVE THE BREWSTERS
We'd like to mention that State Representative Garrett Bradley attended the Boston City Council hearing this past Tuesday and spoke eloquently for Outer Brewster island his
constituents. Here is a transcript of what he said:
"Just to point out, I know that all of you know, but for the rest of the people in the room, that Outer Brewster Island is located in Hull . Its part of the Harbor Islands , but its the one island that is situated within my district, which is Hingham ,
Hull , Cohasset, N. Scituate , but this island is within the territorial waters of Hull . So I have been involved with this for a while. Its good to see Mr. Clarke again. He came and testified in pretty much the same fashion, and gave us some good insight, when we had a bill before the legislature to site a facility at Outer Brewster. I know this body is first of all doing its absolute due diligence and also is looking at crafting some sort of resolution and if I may, Ill just make a few suggestions relative to that.
"One is to be mindful and Im sure the Distrigas folks will have some dollar figures, but this is a situation where
there would have to be a taking of a significant business, with long-term contractual obligations. That was revealed at the hearing we had, that these companies tie themselves into 5- and 10-year agreements on getting the gas. So there are significant contractual obligations and land-taking issues which could rise into the hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars. Thats something obviously to be mindful of as you move forward. Clearly not as a safety concern, but I think its something that maybe you might want to have some hard figures on as you move forward. And then the biggest thing that Id like to point out is that its not an either/or. There are 17, I think its up to 18 now, proposals from Long Island to Nova Scotia . I think a resolution, and again, I'm not telling you what to do but making suggestions, directed more to the federal government,
to FERC, to say, Listen, were in the Northeast. Were at the end of the line. We get the least gas at the most expensive. We have 17 proposals." All the experts will tell you that for the foreseeable future, one or two additional facilities will meet our energy needs. And its too bad that the federal government hasnt decided to look at this regionally.
"Right now its a race and this is what AES has done with the Outer Brewster proposalwhoever can get the next one or two online are going to be printing their own money, and this is capitalism, I dont fault them for that, but I think its something that this body should be aware thats it not an either/or. And quite frankly, I think yesterdays Globe actually talked about the two proposals for Gloucester , which are 10 miles out. One of those is on the cusp of being approved, the second in the near future. Those two go online -- theres not a gas problem in the Northeast.
"Now youll probably hear from somebody from Keyspan who will say, well they dont have storage capability. You know they come in, they pump the gas right into the line, theres no storage. And I forgot to point out at the hearing, and Ill point out right now, I think its a little disingenuous, because Keyspan, if I remember from my days going to BC High, used to have two tanks and now they one, so I dont really think that they have the moral authority
to talk about storage at this point. And therell be some talk about whether you can keep it in, and Ill point out that one of those companies, if I recall from the hearing, did actually stay online during Hurricane Rita. So they are safe facilities to come in and pump the gas out, and if your issue is terrorism, I think its better not to have a landbased site that can be a target, because as you saw here, the cloud issue is of a concern to Hull . This is two miles offshore, the first facility is a school. Clearly the cloud issue was raised and its an issue for us, and depending upon the prevailing winds, it could still be an issue for Boston .
"And the last point Ill make, just relative to the Outer Brewster bill, is if we had passed that bill and I dont see it passing now because I dont see any more formal sessions on the horizon (of course I could be wrong), is that Section 3 of that bill specifically prohibited--prohibited--any company that had a facility or was in the development stages of a facility, could not bid on the Outer Brewster Island proposal. So if we had done that bill, there would be an LNG facility on Outer Brewster and one at Everett . Theres talk about amending, and going forward, and maybe a new filed bill in maybe that section, I dont see that proposal being put forward by AES, putting the energy and the money behind it and not having some sort of rock-solid agreement that theyre not going to get ahold of that particular island. So I think in that situation well be the LNG capital of the world,
because well have two LNG facilities within 10 miles of each other.
"Im happy to answer any questions. We did have about a 3-hour hearing, mostly my fault for asking too many questions, during that May or June hearing. But Im happy to answer any questions the council may have. And I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you."